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An Inconvenient Genocide

Geoffrey Robertson

Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson on the importance of recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

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December 2017


An Inconvenient Genocide

Human rights lawyer and author Geoffrey Robertson disputes the denialist argument perpetuated by Turkey and its allies that the 1.5 million Armenians that perished in the 1915 genocide were casualties of World War I. In his book, An Inconvenient Genocide, Robertson argues that the evidence for genocide is unequivocal and calls for its recognition as both an act of justice and a critical step in the prevention of future crimes against humanity.

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Geoffrey Robertson QC is an international jurist, human rights lawyer, and academic. His award-winning book An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Remembers the Armenians? presents an argument based on fact, evidence and his knowledge of international law, to establish that the horrific events that occurred in 1915 do indeed constitute genocide. In recent years, he has been particularly prominent in the defense of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. He has also represented author Salman Rushdie and prosecuted General Augusto Pinochet. He is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's largest human rights practice, and was formerly President of the United Nations War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone and a member of the UN's Justice Council. In January 2015, Geoffrey Robertson and Amal Alamuddin Clooney represented Armenia before the European Court of Human Rights in a case against ultra-nationalist Turkish MP Doğu Perinçek.